Doctors Not Optimistic About Health Care Under Obamacare, Just 29% Of Americans Support It

Forget the political debate surrounding Obamacare. A poll of the doctors who will have to work most closely with the new laws shows that, even more than a year after passage, there’s not a lot of optimism that the health care law is going to improve much of anything.

69% of physicians are “pessimistic about the future of medicine” because of the 2010 healthcare law, notes Dr. Marc Siegel in USA Today. “Just 13% of those surveyed backed the Affordable Care Act.” “When surveyed by” the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, “83% of doctors said one likely change to the medical system as a result of the law would be increased wait times.” “73% said it would not reduce costs.”

The feelings of the medical professionals aren’t that far off the feelings of Americans in general:

The poll found unpopularity for last year’s health care reform bill, one of Obama’s major accomplishments. About half of the respondents oppose the health care law and support for it dipped to 29 percent from 36 percent in June. Just 15 percent said the federal government should have the power to require all Americans to buy health insurance.

The more Americans get familiar with Obamacare the less they like it.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • two_amber_lamps

    Funny, the left thought that the sheep would grow to accept and love the bitter pill the longer it stayed on the books? 

    Republicans need to HAMMER this point home during this election cycle.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    The Republicans need to NEWTer Obama

  • Senator Tim Mathern

    I suspect Republicans will one day drive the country into a single payer system in that they have implemented no solutions to out of control costs and only derided President Obama’s health care reform leadership. If the naysayers get their way health care costs and problems will accelerate, there will be a national crisis leading to what Bush administration did when the financial crash came. Their fix will be to put everyone into Medicare to keep the system operating. Senator Tim Mathern

    • Neiman

      There have been many worthwhile GOP proposals offered over the past decade to deal with health care costs; but, I must ask you why is it the government’s responsibility to make sure everyone gets health care, where is that fundamental right expressed in the Constitution, beyond promote the general welfare? If I decide that I want to spend my paychecks on a new car once in a while, or beer, cigarettes or a host of others things I don’t absolutely need, instead of setting aside money to pay for my own health care either directly or through private insurance; and, I am injured off the job or get ill, why I should I be able to put my hand in your pocket and take money you have worked hard and saved for?

      That is the heart of Obamacare and Lord Obama’s socialist agenda: He railed against the Constitution because it did NOT allow for forced income redistribution and that is what he and most Democrats want, to take money from those that work hard and succeed to give to people that did not face up to their responsibilities, who were irresponsible. If I fail to do something about my health care and I get worse and die in the gutter, whose fault is that Comrade? Mine or the people that did the right thing with their lives?

      Yet, we as a people do provide emergency care and even long term care to those irresponsible folk, especially children. So, it is not hard hearted to demand personal responsibility or that those failing to do so be willing to pay the costs for their foolishness.

      One last note: Paul Ryan did float a plan that, like what Romney has suggested, protected those on Medicare, since you brought it up and for younger generations put them on private retirement-health care accounts that actually provided them with much better lives in their seniors years than those of us today. But, the Democrats hate the free market, they cannot stand the idea that people might not need them to manage their money for them and use that money to increase their political power, so you folk will fight it to the death.

      • Matthew

        The faux Christian speaks.

        • Neiman

          Absent objective, documented proof that is a childish display.

      • Matthew

        Under your plan why should we pay for medicare?  Let he old fucks die.  They are just a drain on everybody else.

        You are the least Christian person on this board.  You quote a good game, but don’t understand the underlying beliefs at all.

        See you in hell!!!

        • Neiman

          “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” II Thessalonians 3:10

          The Lord often talks about not being idle, but being industrious and being responsible human beings, as He for also for instance talks about not giving to widows that are able to work or remarry.

          Under the Ryan plan, he fully protects those now on or soon eligible for Medicare and Social Security, and younger people being on a different, more secure private plan monitored by the government. No one is left to suffer or die.

          Please tell us all and justify why if I fail to be responsible in providing for my own health care and that of my family, it gives me the right to reach in your pocket and take money you have earned by your hard work to pay for my irresponsible conduct.

          If you are going to judge my faith: (1) Confess here and now that Jesus is your only Savior and only Lord and there is no way unto Salvation except through faith in Him. Careful, I will challenge you to defend it. (2) After establishing your Christian credentials, please use only the Bible as your source book for correcting me and be willing to debate your points. Otherwise, you’ll understand if I do not take you criticisms seriously.

    • Matthew

      That is what should happen.

    • Hal318

      Drinking again, Senator?  I thought Obamacare did solve the out of control costs, yet my premiums have already skyrocketed because of the health care mandates that have already taken effect.  Eligibility, on your health care plan, for your married child until age 26?  Really?

      • Dakotacyr

        And what health care mandates would those be that have taken affect?

  • WOOF

    Why listen to doctors ?
    Oh the wailing and gnashing of doctor teeth when Medicare was proposed.
    The doctors were dragged into Medicare and prosperity. Now they scream if their  payments are lowered or patients have to pay more.
    Reagan had to rearrange his history to support Medicare.
    Gingrich and Romney are trying to reverse their previous positions on health care.
    The train will soon be in the station.
    All aboard.

    • bikebubba

      You ask doctors about the situation because they’ve dedicated their lives to this, silly.   Yes, they’re an interested party, but I guarantee you that they know the situation better than anyone who voted to pass “Obamacare.”

  • Matthew

    Did anybody ask them if it would require them to treat more people, i.e. the poor?

    • two_amber_lamps

      Look to Canada and GB…  the road to serfdom (failure) is well-traveled.

      • Matthew

        If you took a poll of Canadians who liked their healthcare it would be greater than Americans who liked their healthcare.

        It is easy for those who have healthcare to tell the those who don’t to show up at the emergency room.  However, what you really mean is that you hope they just die.

        • Hal318

          Please post a link to the poll.

          • Dakotacyr

            A simple search on Google will pull up the most recent Poll on how Canadians fell about their health care. There is no revolt in Canada to change their system, to the contrary, they want to strengthen it.

  • Senator Tim Mathern

    Health care plans offered are not plans implemented. republicans were in charge with presidency, in control of Senate and House and Supreme court. All talk no action, health care costs kept sky rocketing under their watch. same with abortion debate, they use it for political gain only. Check your last clinic or hospital bill for a wake up call. Senator Tim Mathern

    • Hal318

      Drinking again Senator?  You know that when Republicans held the Presidency, House and Senate that the margin in the Senate was very thin.  You also know that 60 votes are needed for cloture so there would need to be 9 Democrats willing to buck the leadership and support the bill or or would die. 

      You are also incorrect to say Republicans are all talk and no action.  In 2003, the Republicans passed a law that was implemented in 2004 establishing Health Savings Accounts.  I had one when I had the option and I loved it.  If HSA’s were more accessible, I believe it would dramatically affect the cost of care.

  • bikebubba

    I like Woof’s comment about not asking doctors about this issue.  After all, it’s not like they devote their lives to the practice of medicine or anything.

    Senator Mathern’s is a stitch, too.  Apparently trying to “bend the supply curve” does not qualify as a step towards single payer on his planet.  (never mind the fact that, like all government attempts to do this, it is failing and even doing the opposite of the intended)

    I actually am friends with a doctor who is looking to sell his home (which is no palace as it is) and move to a smaller home if Obamacare is sustained, because he suspects that it will seriously impair his family’s income.  We ought to be listening to people like him, because increasingly doctors are starting practice at age 30 with a quarter million dollars in debt.

    To draw a picture, if a man starts a trade (say electrician or plumbing) earning $20/hour at age 20 and starts saving only $400/month towards retirement–only about 12% of his income– he’ll have a cool million by age 70, assuming only 5% return on his money.

    Now let’s work it out for a doctor starting practice at age 30 (4-5 years college, 4 years medical school, 3-6 years of residency) or after with $250k in school loans.  Just to break even with the plumber, he’s got to save about $2000 per month. 

    Now unless you reckon that doctors are stupid, what will that do to the supply of highly qualified physicians?  It’s not pretty, but it is what one sees in Canada–shortages of the specialists and tools (e.g. MRI, etc..) needed to do world class medicine once someone is actually very sick.

    Or, it’s exactly what one hears at hospitals near the border:  “eh.”

  • Mace_etc

    Where in the law does it stipulate that all/any doctors have to take all patients? Answer: it doesn’t, and many doctors will refuse new patients (medicare or otherwise) so those who do take them will have even less time to spend with you giving you that “quality healthcare.”